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From the Anchor Desk
Saturday, January 16, 2010

By Brian Bailey

Wild week ends with two pressers

By Brian Bailey
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While Skip Holtz was wooing a crowd at his introductory press conference/pep rally in Tampa, East Carolina athletics director Terry Holland was mapping out his strategy to find a new football coach.

These were two very different press gatherings.

Holtz told stories to his new friends in Tampa that many of us have heard many times. A number of Pirates fans that I talked to were upset with the way Holtz handled himself in Tampa.

Anyone though, who has seen coaches change addresses, understands the dynamics.

Holtz was at his best, saying at one point that these South Florida Bulls could win conference championships and national championships. He even hugged mascot Rocky the Bull a couple of times.

Some in the Pirate Nation weren't all that impressed. A friend of mine says it was like breaking up with a girlfriend. His own girlfriend took it deeper, saying it was like listening to your lover's sweet nothings for years, and then hearing your lover say those same things to someone else. Think about that!

Holland entered the ECU press gathering Friday afternoon looking a bit weary while flashing a weak smile. He knows this hire is critical to the Pirate program and any chance to continue to work towards possible BCS inclusion.

The good news out of Holland's meeting was that he said most of the East Carolina recruits were still in line to come to ECU.

Holland also said he would talk to each one of the remaining staff members and possibly name an interim coach this weekend. He doesn't want his interim coach, though, to be a candidate for the head coaching position.

Holland says he's not in a hurry to name a new coach but that he does understand that the national signing day is not that far away.

He indicated he would never reveal any possible candidates but did admit that he and most athletic directors keep a short list with them all the time.

Coaching searches are always fun and this one should be no different. This is a much more attractive job than it was when Skip Holtz was hired five years ago.

Hang on. If Skip's departure was any indication, this could be another wild ride!


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01/16/2010 03:02 AM


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